Artist Statement

 

Mythologies have played an integral role in the belief systems and stigmas of societies as a form of inspiration, escapism, and personal moral guidance. Many of these stories originated as a way to explain the unknown and to unite people through the implication of fear and reward. Myths often romanticize and simplify the human experience to a relatable journey with good and evil, a beginning and end. These integrated beliefs still shape the way people interact with one another today, manifesting in our perception of individuals and what judgments we make of them, and overshadowing the emotional complexities. My work explores the affects of these myths on our perception of otherness, and how we can demonize ourselves because of it.

An element of my work is rooted in the fear and stigmas surrounding women’s mental illness, and the history of its treatment. The societal ignorance of the female psyche manifests itself both within a personal dialogue and an external societal one. I use ceramic sculpture to invoke a sense of empathy between the figures and the viewer, creating a dialogue on a one to one scale. To aid in my narratives, I use Jungian psychoanalysis as a rubric in which to deconstruct historical myth and rebuild something of my own making. At my core, I am a storyteller and an empath, using my interpretations as a means to connect and better understand with the world around me.

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